Ryan Javate – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- When the COVID-19 pandemic hit many 2020 movie releases got postponed, one of them being Daniel Craig’s final Bond film, “No Time to Die.”
The movie finally released to theaters on Friday, Oct. 8 and I don’t really know how to feel about it.
“No Time to Die” is set five years after the events of 2015’s “Spectre”.
In “No Time to Die” Bond comes out of retirement to help his friend, Felix Leiter (Jeffery Wright) with one last mission. Bond uncovers an earth-shattering plot involving a past secret about his wife, Madeline Swan (Léa Seydoux). Bond must then take down Lyutsifer Safin (Rami Malek) to save the world once and for all.
This film has a lot of pros and a lot of cons.
For starters, this movie is probably the best conclusion for a single Bond actor in the entire franchise.
Craig’s performance as the legendary secret agent has been gentlemanly, witty, and suave 007 since his first time playing the character in 2006’s “Casino Royale”.
Most of Craig’s Bond films have been about making the agent more emotionally vulnerable, allowing him to be more relatable, but it just didn’t work at all. Not only did Bond not work as a character in this film, but his iconic side characters didn’t fit the overall tone of the movie.
The drama in this film is superb. Audiences will mostly be engaged waiting to see where the story will go, but I felt like there was humor in some scenes where it does not belong which took away from the experience at times.
The action pieces in this film are decent. There’s only a couple of stunts or so that will make the audience go “WOAH” but there is nothing too spectacular.
However, the one thing the film gets right is its cinematography. Each distinct set piece has its own unique atmosphere. The camera follows the action everywhere, making viewers hang on the edge of their seats once more.
“No Time to Die” is without a doubt the best exit for a Bond actor in the entire franchise, yet as a conclusion to Craig’s 15-year-long run, it was nothing spectacular. “No Time to Die” is both a hit and a miss for the franchise.